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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 1999

NHTSA
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Aerostar Year: 1992

Number Involved: 11,000
Dates of Manufacture: August 1991 - December 1991
Defect: On certain all-wheel-drive mini vans (not previously included in safety recall 97V-204/97S83), the vehicles can develop powertrain bending resonance or transfer case output shaft bushing displacement. The powertrain bending resonance or the output shaft bushing displacement can result in structural failure of the transmission and/or transfer case. Fluid expulsion, driveshaft separation, or loss of vehicle drive can result. This condition can cause a loss of vehicle control and, if the expelled fluid contacts the exhaust system, a vehicle fire could occur.
Remedy: Dealers will install a new transfer case rear output shaft bushing and an aluminum driveshaft. Owner notification is expected to begin during June 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V094/Ford Recall No. 99S13]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed. Manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.

 

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